The purpose of this paper is to analyze the best way to implement sustainable practices in the Logistics Social Responsibility field. Using the best practices (BPs) approach, the authors have answered the question about how logistics function can take on board the principles of sustainability.
A systematic literature review has been applied, with an analysis of 194 papers from relevant logistics/supply chain management (SCM)-related journals over a 20-year time frame.
The authors have identified a first set of traditional BPs that are still relevant in the sustainability context, a second set of innovative sustainable BPs and a third set that can be considered sustainable BPs evolved from the traditional cost-efficiency approach, serving as a link between the other ones. This proposed taxonomy of BPs charts a progressive path toward integration of sustainable principles in SC-logistics operations.
The methodological approaches applied entail inherent limitations. However, the authors have set out to ensure rigor by following a structured process approach.
The work contributes by filling two recurring gaps identified in the literature: the need to integrate social and environmental issues and develop more practical tools for implementing sustainable SCM. The progressive way of implementing sustainable BPs has advantages for logistics managers, especially when companies have limited resources for transforming their logistics process into a sustainable process. Additionally, future academic research topics are proposed.
Mejías, A., Paz, E. and Pardo, J. (2016), "Efficiency and sustainability through the best practices in the Logistics Social Responsibility framework", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 36 No. 2, pp. 164-199. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-07-2014-0301Download as .RIS
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